Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Challenge Catch-up Day

I finally got time to shove the junk on my desk to the side and stamp 2 cards last seriously had been sitting in pieces for a week while I waited for time to sit and finish it up. Here are the SCS sketch challenge cards for the last 2 weeks! Whew! (It's sort of sad when the gauge of how busy my life is becomes whether I get the sketch challenge done or not....I completely missed 100 and 101...! LOL)

Here's my version of sketch 102 - I tweaked it a little - I've turned it before, but never just adjusted it like I did here to a vertical card. I used this punch idea on place card for my now-4yo's tea party a couple weeks ago, and had to have it on a card...they just wouldn't fit on a horizontal card. Stamps used: Paisley backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms (white Memories dye ink), little girl from Nice and Easy Notes (SU), and the saying from a set from Mostly Animals. I did some paper-piercing with a pin to break up the solid pink areas a bit.

Sketch 103 was fun - the Seaside Sketches was an early Christmas present to myself...I had been checking for the set on ebay for-like-ever, and it was always selling for waaaaaay more than I was willing to pay (sometimes higher than the catalog price, and it is not retired...go figure). I finally found a used set that was being sold without the 2 small sayings, which I would probably forget I had anyway - I think I got it for under $10. Shcore! My MIL brought it with her when she came to visit, and I got to color some of the images but none of them had found their way to cards yet. I really like how this turned out. Sometimes I color first then look for coordinating paper...sometimes I choose the paper first and try to match the colors...this was a "color first" adventure. I colored the girls with Prismacolor pencils, then did some blending with stumps and odorless mineral spirits - the brand that I have is not great, so the blending wasn't as easy as it would have been with a better brand, and they apparently have a different definition of "odorless" than I do... but it was fun to play with that technique again. To do the horizon line, I drew a horizontal line with a watercolor pencil, then blended down with a Dove blender pen. The flip-flop border is from Art Impressions (I wish it was bigger!) and I used a dotted background stamp from Hero Arts to do the 'sand' at the bottom.

In light of recent discussions on image harvesting on SCS, I've started putting a credit on my pictures...sad...I've been told I need to even put it in the middle of my image rather than covering a corner, because people could still crop it out there and claim my work as theirs...but our free trial on the photo editor from ran out, so I have to wait for the disk to come in the mail before I can make that watermark a little more transparent.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful cards, Dina!!! I really enjoy your blog.